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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of the   #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#

From : Jean-Pierre Trolet
You will find 2 MP3 recorded by myself to illustrate the tab and how to contact
me on my webpage here:
http://jptrol.free.fr/mus


			BORN TO RUN    -  Bruce Springsteen


One of the masterpieces of the boss. It is rather difficult to play since the band
uses keyboards and if you want to make it sound like it you have to make adjustments
for the guitar. So I managed to get the sound with one rhythm guitar and one 'lead
guitar'.  Both are in the standard tuning. Bruce plays staccato with the rhythm guitar
while muting the strings. For the lead guitar use tremolo and treble boosting. The bass
is tabbed too. I got that only through hearing and I recorded a demo mp3 to illustrate
the tab.

INTRO and CHORUS :


<------------------------------- REPEAT ONCE --------------------------------->

Rhythm guitar  (play staccato and mute all along the song)

        E                  E4                A           B           E
E  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
B  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
G  +----1--1---------------2---1---------+---2----2------8-----------1---------+
D  +----2--2-----------2---2---2---------+---2----2------9-----------2---------+
A  +----2--2-....------2---2---2---------+---4----4------9-----------2---------+
E  +----0--0-----------0---0---0---------+---5----5------7-----------0---------+

Lead guitar
E  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------(0)---+
B  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------(0)---+
G  +----------------------2---1----------+-------------------------------(1))--+
D  +----------------------2---2----------+--(2)---2------9---------------(2)---+
A  +---2--------------2---2---2----------+---4----4------9-----------2---(2)---+
E  +---0---------------------------------+---5---(5)-----7-----------0---(0)---+
                                                                Play full E the 2nd time

G  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
D  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
A  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
E  +-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------+---55555555----77777777--------------+


VERSE :

Rhythm guitar (play staccato and mute)
         E                                    A               B
E  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
B  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
G  +-----1-------------------------------+----6---------------8----------------+
D  +-----2-------------------------------+----7---------------9----------------+
A  +-----2-------------------------------+----7---------------9----------------+
E  +-----0-------------------------------+----5---------------7----------------+

    In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a ______     runaway American dream
    At night we ride through mansions of glory in                 suicide                 machines


Lead guitar       play once and let ring
E  +-----0-------------------------------+----5--------------7-----------------+
B  +-----0-------------------------------+----5--------------7-----------------+
G  +-----1-------------------------------+----6--------------8-----------------+
D  +-----2-------------------------------+----7--------------9-----------------+
A  +-----2-------------------------------+----7--------------9-----------------+
E  +-----0-------------------------------+----5--------------7-----------------+


Bass
G  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
D  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
A  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
E  +----0---------------------0----------+----5--------------7-----------------+

Rhythm guitar (always staccato ...)
       A                Amaj7                F#m                Amaj7
E  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
B  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
G  +---6----------------6----------------+---2--------------------6------------+
D  +---7----------------6----------------+---4--------------------6------------+
A  +---7----------------7----------------+---4--------------------7------------+
E  +---5----------------4----------------+---2--------------------4------------+

	Sprung from cages on Highway 9           chrome wheeled, fuel injected and, steppin' out over __ (to 1)
      Oh  Baby this town rips the bones from your back, it's a death trap,  ______   it's a suicide rap.We 
_ (to 2)

Lead guitar
E  +-------12------12------12------12----+------12------12-----------12------12-----+
B  +-----14--14--14--14--14--14--14--14--+----14--14--14--14-------14--14--14--14---+
G  +---14------14------13------13--------+--11------11-----------13------13---------+
D  +-------------------------------------+------------------------------------------+
A  +-------------------------------------+------------------------------------------+
E  +-------------------------------------+------------------------------------------+

Bass
G  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
D  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
A  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
E  +---5----------(5)-4----------(4)-----+--2------------(2)-----4-------------+


1:
Rhythm guitar
      E                  B4
E  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
B  +---------5-----------5---------------+-------------------------------------+
G  +--4------4-----------4------4--------+-------------------------------------+
D  +--6------6-----------4------4--------+-------------------------------------+
A  +--7------------------2-----(2)-------+-------------------------------------+
E  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+

     the line __________

Lead guitar
E  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
B  +-9-----12-----------17-----16--------+-------------------------------------+
G  +--------------------16-----16--------+-------------------------------------+
D  +--------------------16-----16--------+-------------------------------------+
A  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
E  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+

Bass
G  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
D  +------11-14--------------------------+-------------------------------------+
A  +-11h14-----14p11---------------------+-------------------------------------+
E  +----------------14p12------7---------+-------------------------------------+

2:
Rhythm guitar
      E                 C#m7                 A              B               E
E  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
B  +---------5-----------------5---------+--------2---------5------------------+
G  +--4------4-----------------4---------+--------2---------4-------4-------1--+
D  +--6------6-----------------6---------+--------2---------4-------4-------2--+
A  +--7-----------------4----------------+--------4---------2---------------2--+
E  +-------------------------------------+---5------------------------------0--+
     get out while              we're young                  'Cause tramps like us       baby we were born 
run.


Lead guitar
E  +--12---------------------------------+------------------12-----------------+
B  +---------12---------9------12--------+--9-----12----------------12---------+
G  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
D  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
A  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
E  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+

Bass
G  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
D  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
A  +-------------------------------------+-------------------------------------+
E  +--12----------------9----------------+---5-------------7-------------------+


The remainder hardly needs tabbing.

           E
Hey Wendy, let me in, I wanna be your friend,

             A                                 B
I wanna guard your dreams and visions.

      E
Just wrap your legs 'round these velvet rims,

         A                                    B
And strap your hands across my engines.

        A                           Amaj7
And Together we could break this trap,

       F#m                          Amaj7                   E         B4
We'll run till we drop and, baby we'll never go back.


                    A                                Amaj7
Oh will you walk with me out on the wire?


             F#m                        Amaj7
Girl, I'm just a scared and a lonely rider,

        C
But I gotta know how it feels,

      C#m7
I want to know if love is wild, baby,

    A                    B4
I want to know if love is real.

(CHORUS)

(sorry for the instrumental : I'll see to it one day)


The chords used in this ballad section are these ones :

Em9   : 024000
G4     : 320013
A4    :  X02240
C4    :  X35563


  Em    Em9           Em       Em9                G4    G    G4      G
Beyond the palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard

  A4       A         A4          A
Girls comb their hair in rear-view mirrors

             C4     C        C4    C
and the boys try to look so hard

        Em    Em9           Em       Em9
The amusement park rises bold and stark

   G4    G    G4      G
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

             A4       A         A4          A
I wanna die with you Wendy on the street tonight

         C4     C        C4    C
In an everlasting kiss

(Here there is an instrumental that is not fully played with a guitar but sounds about like this)

             F4          F                 C4         C        G4           G                              
                  F#
E  +---6------5----------------------8---+--7----12-11-10--9-8-7-7----6---------+
B  +---6------6-....----6-----5------8---+--8----13-12-11-10-9-8-8----7---------+
G  +---5------5---------5-----5------7---+--7----12-11-10--9-8-7-7----6---------+
D  +--------------------5-----5----------+----------------------------8---------+
A  +--------------------3-----3----------+----------------------------9---------+
E  +-------------------------------------+--------------------------------------+

For the last verse  the lead guitar plays the main riff

                E
Well, The highways jammed with broken heroes

          A                          B
On a last chance power drive

 E
Well  everybody's out on the run tonight

                 A                    B
But there's no place left to hide

    A                                 Amaj7
Together, Wendy, we can live with the sadness

    F#m                         Amaj7              E     B4
I'll love you with all the madness in my soul

         A                            Amaj7                            F#m
Oh someday girl, I don't know when, we're gonna get to that place

          Amaj7                E
Where we really wanna go

             C#m7
And we'll walk in the sun

               A
Till then tramps like us

B4                                E
Baby we were born to run.
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veryjimmy wrote on September 16 2004, 12:00 am

I think the chord when Bruce does his classic "whoa-oh" is D# Diminished, not B4. Otherwise, good tab. The notes in D# Diminished are: D#, A, C & F# and can be played easily in that order in 5th position. (The only note that leaves the key of E is the c.)

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theoddmenout wrote on April 16 2005, 12:00 am

Looks good! Awesome song...

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joe-smoe wrote on August 20 2009, 05:55 am

yo mr "please note" this is pants

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